Aurangabad, Maharashtra, May 4 (UNI) The Aurangabad division bench of the Bombay High Court has awarded capital punishment to a man for killing his elder brother, sister-in-law and nephew over a petty issue.
Pronouncing the order yesterday on a petition challenging the order of the local court in Jalgaon in the case, the bench comprising Justices P S Brahme and V G Munshi converted accused - Shyam Kishore Matkari's (32) sentence of life imprisonment to capital punishment.
According to prosecution, Matkari had some property dispute with his elder brother Manohar, with whom he was staying at Bhusaval in Jalgaon district.
When his brother pressed for selling the property, Shyam, in a fit of anger, attacked Manohar and his wife -Minabai with a stone on June 29, 2001 following which both died on the spot.
Shyam also attacked his nephews - Akhilesh and Vishvesh and niece Monica with a wooden stick. The children were then rushed to hospital where Akhilesh died.
The Bhusaval police had filed a chargesheet against the accused and the case was heard before the additional sessions court in Jalgaon.
On March 5, 2003, the court had sentenced the accused to life imprisonment on charge of murdering three members of the family. The court had also slapped a seven years' rigorous imprisonment on him for threatening his nephew and niece Monica with dire consequences, and also fined him Rs 25,000.
However, Shyam challenged the verdict in the High Court.
During the arguments, Assistant Government Pleader (AGP) Umakant Patil said the accused had killed the family over a petty issue and termed it as a planned attempt by the accused, since all the family members were fast asleep when he attacked them late in the night.
Following this, the High Court bench yesterday awarded capital punishment to Shyam.
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